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NEVER DIAL AREA CODE 809

03-Feb-09 19:34:48 Bookmark and Share

NEVER DIAL AREA CODE 809

We actually received a call last week from the
809
area code
. The woman said 'Hey,
this is Karen . Sorry I missed you--get back to us
quickly. I have something important to tell you.' Then she repeated a phone number beginning with 809 We didn't respond.


Then this week, we received the following
e-mail:


Do Not
DIAL AREA CODE
809
,
284
,
AND
876


THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION
PROVIDED TO US BY AT&T. DON'T EVER DIAL AREA CODE 809

This one is being distributed all over the US . This is
pretty scary, especially given the way they try to get
you to call.

Be sure you read this and pass it on.


They get you to call by telling you that it is information about a family member who has been ill or to tell you someone has been arrested, died, or to let you know you have won a wonderful prize, etc.


In each case, you are told to call the 809 number right away.. Since there are so many new area codes these days, people unknowingly return these
calls.


If you call from the
U.S. , you will apparently be
charged $2425 per-minute.

Or, you'll get a long recorded message. The point is, they will try to keep you on the phone as long as possible to increase the charges.

WHY IT WORKS:

The 809
area code is located in the Dominican Republic . 

The charges afterward can become a real
nightmare. That's because you did actually make the call. If you complain, both your local phone company and your long distance carrier will not want to get involved
and will most likely tell you that they are simply providing the billing for the foreign company. You'll end up dealing with a foreign company that argues they have done nothing wrong.

Please forward this entire message to your friends, family and colleagues to help them become aware of this scam.


AT&T VERIFIES IT'S TRUE :

http://www.att.com/gen/press-room?pid=6045

SNOPES VERIFIES IT'S TRUE:
http://www.snopescom/fraud/telephone/809.asp



05-Feb-09 11:10:45 |

     [ -*-*- U R L : Check Area Codes -*-*- ]

Thanks for the update.

 
Apparently  this email has been circulating since 1996 and the scam is real (although $2500/minute is an exaggeration according to a few sources.)

http://urbanlegends.about.com/library/bl_809_area_code_scam.htm

 

 


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